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It is a labor of love, and I’ve been working on this on the weekends for what seems like an eternity. Really. It’s taking forever, and it still isn’t finished. I’m going to readily admit that. Guilty as charged.
This is not flawless, this is not highly polished, but I’m happy to report that it’s not also a complete and total waste of time. When you click through the links here, you won’t be disappointed.
For the most part, things are working. There’s a lot of content, there’s a lot of materials to explore, you can check out the graphics collection here, and you can definitely see that it’s complete. So when it comes to content being where it is, this site does a good job. Everything is where it should be.
Now, with that said, please note that it is not complete because when it comes to chess graphics, there is always room for improvement. As you probably already know, when you do certain chess moves, there are many different ways to depict that.
Sure, if you’ve been reading a lot of chess magazines and chess newspapers online, they tend to use the same graphic vocabulary. This is really is too bad because there are so many ways you can depict certain moves and certain strategies embodied by those moves. After all, different people have different brains and those brains often use different graphical presentations. Are you with me so far?
So this website goes out of its way to collect alternative ways of depicting these strategic moves. Some people are pretty straightforward. They think in terms of straight lines. It’s all about black and white moves going from Point A to Point B. Fine. Great. Awesome.
There are sets for that. They’re very basic and they’re very easy to spot. When you look at them, you don’t really have to think all that hard. You can pretty much see five steps ahead. Awesome.
There are, however, other people who think in terms of alternatives. I’m not just talking about yes or no, one or zero. We’re going beyond binary here. These are people who think in alternative scenarios.
They think, for example, “If I make this move, this can happen. If that happens, these certain events might be triggered and this can lead to a wide range of alternative situations. Now, if I were to slice and dice all these alternative possibilities, they all have certain things in common. Now, what if I took those theoretical things that could have happened and try to relate it to what is happening now? What kind of decision matrix can I come up with?”
I hope you follow that because that is quadratic thinking. Instead of thinking, yes or no, or using some sort of simple decision switch or a thin decision tree, this person actually stacks possibilities. And most importantly, thinks in themes. That’s how you blow away the competition.
Now, the problem is, you have to have the right graphics so you can tell yourself that this is going on. The other person might be completely clueless. When they look at the graphic, they just say, “Oh, that’s nice. There’s the knight and it’s positioned there and then there are these alternative positions.” They can follow it because intelligent people can follow
But the problem is, when you are able to stack the different meanings and you look at the reduced themes that are not present in some sort of alternate reality or some random mathematical possibility, but in the here and now, you are able to crush your opponent again and again and again. It’s like water coming off a duck’s back because the defeat is already in front of you because you’re able to see and reduce their moves.
It’s kind of like seeing 5/20. When you reduce that, that is 1/4. A lot of people would try to say it’s something else. A lot of people would look at an intermediate number. That’s okay because that’s how most people process information.
But if you are playing to win, your graphics must go all the way. That’s how we play here. And it really is quite amazing. So help us out in making this website the best it could be.